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Birds of Kaziranga

This post is of NO interest whatsoever to anyone who is not interested in birds, so on to the next friend's post.....

And for those who are interested, I have posted such a variety of bird pics, that you need to look only when you have leisure. I realized that so many factors are conspiring against my posting bit by bit as I want to do, so am just listing out all tbe birds I caught, as I have to do a mammals post and a butterflies post and a Wildgrass post and a Shillong post and a.....

I think I should give up either photography or travelling...or posting!

OK, here goes, starting with the LESSER ADJUTANT STORK:

lesser adjutant stork 121208 central range





There were plenty of ASIAN PIED STARLINGS;must look out for them now in Bangalore, too.


asian pied starling wildgrass 121208


This GOLD-FRONTED LEAFBIRD, so difficult to see in Bangalore, was jumping high in the canopy at Wildgrass:

gold-fronted leaf-bird wildgrass kaziranga 121208


We have the golden oriole in Bangalore, but here was the BLACK-HOODED ORIOLE:


black-hooded oriole wildgrass 121208


The WHITE-RUMPED SHAMA, that we sighted briefly in Valley School in Bangalore, was far more visible in Kaziranga:

white-rumped shama 131208

SMALL BLUE KINGFISHERS are also quite common:

small blue kingfisher kazi eastern 131208


I got this DARTER (SNAKE BIRD) sunning itself when we crossed a bridge:


darter central range 131208

The water attracted a lot of waders, like this GREENSHANK:


greenshank 121208


This GREEN SANDPIPER, too, wandered along the riverbank:


green sandpiper 131208

Another lifer for me was the RED-BREASTED PARAKEET:

red-breasted parakeet 141208

I snapped this raptor, which my friend AMS id'd as a JUVENILE RUFOUS-BELLIED EAGLE:


juv rufous-bellied eagle?



Another Bangalore winter visitor, the SPOT-BILLED PELICAN, was around in Kaziranga, too:


spot-billed pelican taking off

I saw several PALLAS' FISH EAGLES, this one was taking some soft furnishings back to his home!


pallas fish eagle getting nesting material


I was also lucky to see this beautiful raptor, the PEREGRINE FALCON:


peregrine falcon 131208 eastern range kazi


There were COMMON STONECHATS everywhere, too, but generally far away:


common stonechat 131208

One other old friend was the ORIENTAL HONEY BUZZARD:




oriental honey buzzard



The BLACK-NECKED STORK took fright, and flight:




black-necked stork in flight


This GREATER FLAMEBACK woodpecker was quite busy!

greater flameback


We saw a kill, and next to it was a LONG-BILLED VULTURE, a bird that is endangered, and not easy to find in south India.

long-billed vulture 131208


The BLUE-BEARDED BEE-EATER made a great multicolour subject!


blue-bearded bee-eater


I thought of shivakumar_l when I saw these BAR-HEADED GEESE (which is what we call those who are heading for the pubs in Banglaore):


kazi eastern 131208 bar headed geese


They made a lovely picture, flying:


bar-headed geese flying


Two WOOLLY-NECKED STORKS sat around:


woolly-necked storks 131208


This ALEXANDRINE PARAKEET sat too high for me to take its typical red spots on the wings:


alexandrine parakeet 131208


Our guide told us this was the STORK-BILLED KINGFISHER, which I had once had a glimpse of in Bheemeshwari when I went there with yathin ...I got a perfectly terrible shot of it, I remember, it was about 3 days since I had started using the 20D!....Here it is:



black capped kingfisher kazi e 131208


There was also a GREAT EGRET, I have learnt to tell the great egret from the intermediate one by the length of its eye near the end of its bill.


great egret 131208 eastern


I enjoyed clicking the colourful GREY JUNGLE FOWL:


grey jungle fowl nameri patsoli camp 151208


A very good sighting was of these SWAMP FRANCOLINS (our guide called them Grey Francolins, but the markings match only the Swamp ones)


swamp francolin Francolinus gularis 131208


There were BRONZE-WINGED JACANAS, here's a juvenile:



bronze-winged jacana 131208


Now I am giving you the birds that I saw in the grounds of Wildgrass Resort in half an hour, while waiting for the safari jeep...

The RUFOUS TREE-PIE finally posed for me in Kaziranga after skulking in the bushes in south India and in Kanha too...


rufous treepie 141208

This GREEN IMPERIAL PIGEON looked calmly at me...

green imperial pigeon 141208


The GREY-HEADED CANARY FLYCATCHER was a first-timer for me:

grey-headed canary flycatcher 141208 wildgrass

The ever-present LONG-TAILED SHRIKE was making a meal of a beetle (I can imagine its wife telling it reprovingly, "You're hitting the beetle too much these days, dear." (I have posted a similar picture of a shrike devouring a beetle in my Tanzania post.)


long-tailed shrike with beetle


This WHITE WAGTAIL was nodding about, tail wagging, along the emptied-out pool of the resort:


white wagtail wildgrss 141208

And one of the trees in the garden was just covered with these YELLOW-FOOTED GREEN PIGEONS!


yellow-footed green pigeon 141208 kazi wildgrass

On a silk-cotton tree, this TREE PIPIT hopped around as I desperately tried to get a halfway decent shot:


tree pipit 141208

And in the foliage sat a VERDITER FLYCATCHER, which I have seen in Valley School!


verditer flycatcher

Off we went on the safari, and we saw this ASIAN BARRED OWLET:


asian barred owlet 141208 kazi

Soon it was raptor time, and this GREY-HEADED FISHING EAGLE came into view (we saw several during our trip)


grey-headed fishing eagle


Far in the distance sat an old friend, the CRESTED SERPENT EAGLE:


crested serpent eagle 141208






As I was making this post, it turned 2 am, and promptly the BSNL server message went from "automatic" to "manual"...I could no longer send or receive anything. Well, I have covered the photographs of the birds of Kaziranga, but the birds of Nameri will have to wait...

Will be calling BSNL to complain...it's now 8.30am and still the connection says "manual", and it's my Vonage modem which is working now.

Part 2 (Nameri) will be posted shortly.
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